Thankful

February 21, 2014

Today is one of those days I can’t help but reflect a bit. With so much going on, and the addition to our family coming very soon, I have one word on my mind.

Thankful.

I am thankful this pregnancy has been pretty smooth sailing. The baby and I have both been healthy the entire time, with the only hiccups coming late at night as I feel them in my belly. ;)

I am thankful I have such an excited, supportive husband who is just as thrilled as I am to meet this little person.

Marcus and Mary

I am thankful I’ve been able to stay active this entire pregnancy, and have had the support of my doctors and family to do so.

I am thankful that both my sister Emily and my sister in law Morgan are here and can celebrate the birth of the baby in person.

I am thankful the baby is still in my belly. My body is performing a true miracle, growing this baby like a champ. Even though I am super anxious to meet him or her, knowing the baby is full term and doing amazing is a fantastic feeling. Would I like to be holding him or her right now instead of the computer – sure. But it will happen soon enough, when he or she is ready.

I am thankful to have the experience to even carry a child, as I know many women struggle and can not have the experience in the same way.

I am thankful the baby will be born into a world of such amazing friends and support. The people who surround me each and every day are truly a blessing.

What are you thankful for today?

Baby Baum: 39 Weeks

February 19, 2014

The theme of this week is definitely progress! We got a lot of great things done – food prep, last minute nursery items and the best part – The doctor says I am on my way!

39 Weeks

 

At my appointment yesterday, I was told I am right about 3cm dilated, 70% effaced, and a -2 on this scale. I also had my first round of acupuncture yesterday – not to induce, but simply to encourage the baby to come, if it is ready. I have another treatment today and tomorrow, so hopefully something will happen by this weekend :)

So what is going on with the baby?

  • He or she is now the size of a watermelon
  • The baby is able to flex his or her limbs now
  • The brain is still rapidly developing – every day is a big help while he or she is still in the womb
  • His or her fingernails are may even extend past the fingertips

And for me:

Weight gained: 25 lbs and staying there it seems.

Workouts: I am walking everyday, like usual with Winnie. We cover about 2-2.5 miles in the morning, and then another mile or so at night. I also fit in 3 strength workouts last week, which is awesome. I am very happy to still be feeling good enough to workout and keep a somewhat normal exercise schedule.

Symptoms: Lots of contractions here and there, but nothing consistent or painful.

Movement: Not a frequent as it used to be since he or she is so jam packed in there, but I am still feeling lots of jabs and little rolls.

39 Weeks Baby Baum

Food Aversions/Cravings: Nada

Sleep: I couple of nights ago, I slept through the entire night without having to get up once. It was an absolute dream! Then, the following night, I was probably up 3 times and slept awful. I’ll get what I can take I guess.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: Hearing that my body is progressing and is getting ready for the big day!

Belly Button In or Out? Out like whoa.

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Very Happy!

New Baby Items: Marcus finished up an amazing wall hanging for the nursery. How cute is this!? He really did an amazing job!

Elephant Painting

Looking forward to: Meeting the baby! I am dying to know if the baby is a boy or a girl at this point!! I am so so anxious to find out!

So what is your guess?? Boy or Girl? When do you think he or she will make the grand appearance!?

 

Prepping Food for Baby: Round 2

February 17, 2014

In case you missed it, here is what I made in Round 1!

If I could have thought of a better way to spend our weekend, I don’t think I would have been able to. It consisted of sleeping in, brunch with friends, going to a new church, shopping at the mall, and of course, some more food prep for when the baby arrives. I spent another 3 hours in the kitchen on Saturday, and was able to get 4 different things all ready to rock for when the baby decides to make his or her appearance, totally 7 different items when added to everything I made the week before.

Prepping Food for Baby

Here is what I picked this week:

Cilantro Lime Chicken

I haven’t done a heck of a lot dinner food prep, so I thought I should probably get one meal in the freezer. You will be seeing a very big trend in the meals I picked – they are all from Lindsay (pretty much like last week). She cooks healthy, but everything tastes good as well. The last thing I want to do is eat a bunch of crap while I am recovering from labor and trying to get used to a new schedule. The Lean Green Bean recipes are perfect for what I am looking for.

The cilantro lime chicken isn’t cooked yet. I’ll have to put it in the crockpot when we are ready to eat it, but it is 100% ready to go when we get to that point. All I need to do is defrost it, and then place it in the crockpot for a few hours. I placed everything in a gallon bag, and then froze it on its side.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

I didn’t end up getting a photo of this one, but I will say it looks exactly the same as the quinoa breakfast bars I made last week. I actually had one of the apple cinnamon bars for breakfast yesterday on the way to church, and it was wonderful. I topped it with a banana and a little bit of peanut butter, and I was set for a few hours. I am excited to have these as a part of the food rotation :)

Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

The original recipe called to place this in a bread pan, but muffins are just so much easier to eat on the go, so I went with the tiny variety. Instead of cooking them for 45 minutes, I put them in the oven for 25 minutes, and they were perfect.

Lemon Blueberry zucchini muffins

Cranberry Sweet Potato Cottage Cheese Muffins 

Little known fact – it is very difficult to find cranberries right now – fresh or frozen. I looked high and low at our local Publix, and was completely stumped. Rather than cranberries, I went ahead with the strawberries and blueberries to round this one out, and I am glad I did. The flavors are absolutely awesome and really compliment each other well with the sweet potato and the cottage cheese. I highly recommend this recipe!

Cranberry Sweet potato cottage cheese muffins

Things I’m Loving 2.14.14

February 14, 2014

Hello Friday – great to see you again! I hope everyone had a great week and plans to have an even more amazing weekend. For those of you celebrating Valentine’s Day, have so much fun. We have a tradition of pizza and beer on Valentine’s Day, followed by a movie of our choice. Obviously, this year there will be no beer for me, but I think I can handle some pizza right about now!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some things I am loving around the internet this week. Enjoy :)

20 of the Best Disney Love Quotes

Pooh Bear Love

 

Skimbles the cat’s jump failure

37 Things to Get Rid of in Your Home Now

Why This Registered Dietician Eats More Fat

Let’s Keep it Real About Our Bodies 

fleshmanrunway2

 

10 Adorable Valentine’s Made by Kids

Valentine's Day

 

 

And of course, this sweet face

Winnie Tshirt

 

Happy Valentine’s Day and a very happy Friday to everyone!

Baby Baum: 38 Weeks

February 12, 2014

I am feeling a wee bit like a ticking time bomb at this point – and for good reason. Just look at that belly! As of today, I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant.

Baby Baum 38 Weeks

What’s up with the baby?

  • He or she is now the size of a pumpkin, measuring 18.9 to 20.9 in in length, and 6.2 to 9.2 lbs in weight.
  • The last bits of vernix caseosa (the white goo keeping baby’s skin moist) and lanugo (downy hair) are slowly shedding into my amniotic fluid
  • The baby’s head is about the same circumference as its abdomen, and the head could be covered in an inch or so of hair

My details:

Weight gained: I am feeling the same as last week, so I am thinking around 25-27 lbs up. I have my 38 week appointment today where I’ll find out for sure.

Workouts: Like I mentioned last week, I am only walking at this point. Running is a thing of the past. I am still strength training as well, as I know the squats, lunges, and leg work will be helping me pretty soon. I had a great strength workout on Monday, and plan to get to the gym tonight again for another strength session.

Symptoms:

  • Super frequent bathroom visits
  • Braxton Hicks contractions every day
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Some pelvis pain

Movement: Lots and lots, per the usual. Between the moving and the Braxton Hicks contractions, I feel like my stomach is always in a constant wave.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Nothing like usual. I’ve been eating the same stuff pretty much every day (oatmeal, egg sandwiches, etc) but I honestly think it’s because it is so easy to make. I don’t even think about what I want to eat at this point – I just go ahead and make it.

Sleep: I wake up a lot to pee, and I’ve been tossing and turning a bit more. Its been pretty warm down here in Florida, so I’ve been getting hot at night. I am not a fan at all of that.

Stretch marks: None!

Baby Baum 38 weeks

Fun Things from the week: There wasn’t a whole lot that happened this past week! We are really just tying up a bunch of loose ends and trying to get the nursery 100% finished. My mom is still working on recovering our glider, so I am really hoping that is done by the weekend. I am itching to show it to you all!

Belly Button In or Out? Out!

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy!

New Baby Items: We got a portable changing pad in the mail from a friend and I picked up a few newborn books too. We are really ready at this point!

Looking forward to: Meeting the baby! It’s going to happen so so soon! I just can’t handle it!

Any favorite baby books to recommend? I would love your input!